BY FRED KIVA
His Highness The Aga Khan and Michel Sidibe, the UNAIDS Executive Director will be among the10 people who will be awarded medals during this year's Independence Day celebrations in Bushenyi district.
The Aga Kan will also be a special guest at the function. Aga Khan is the founder and Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).
In a press briefing at the Uganda Media Centre on Thursday, the Minister for Presidency Esther Mbayo said, “We also expect His Highness Aga Khan to be our special guest who will receive a special honour because of the immense economic contributions he has made to our country and indeed the whole world.”
During last year’s independence celebrations, 240 medals were awarded to various people.
Minister Mbayo revealed however, that this time the number of medals has been limited in order not to inconvenience the special guest (The Aga Khan).
Mbayo says on such a day the country recognizes the effort and contribution of those that led the struggle to independence and freedom of Uganda.
“Our freedom reminds us of the sacrifice of our freedom fighters and their devotion to the cause of freedom through struggle and sacrifice. On this occasion, we remember those people who sacrificed most of their youthful years to force our colonial masters to give us self-rule,” she said.
“On this day, I call upon all Ugandans from all walks of life to take off time to remind ourselves about the events and day when our nation joined the family of nations that enjoyed full sovereignty and exercise self-determination,” the Minister added.
The Minister explained that this year’s celebrations come at a time when the country has attained economic stability, with freedom and a liberalized environment.